Counselling and psychotherapy online and in Stratford

New clients

If you’re thinking about starting therapy with me, I need to let you know that at present I’m at maximum capacity with client work, and so I’m not currently taking on any new clients, though you can still contact me if you’d like a brief informal chat about how to find help elsewhere.

Current clients

If you are already a client or supervisee and you’re waiting till we can re-start face-to-face sessions, you may be aware that under current Government guidance some therapists have already started offering face-to-face sessions again (though from 8 August it is compulsory to wear a face covering in premises providing professional services).

However, you can also read about the science of CoViD-19 infection transmission in recent articles in The Atlantic (30 July), the Doc Jon blog (15 June), and Therapy Meets Numbers (28 May). And I hope you’ll understand from this why I remain concerned about the infection risk of us sitting indoors and talking together for an hour, particularly as I’m nearly 68 and I have a heart condition. Consequently, I’ve reluctantly had to conclude that it won’t be safe for me to re-start normal face-to-face work until there’s an effective CoViD-19 vaccine.

But in the meantime if you feel it would be helpful to have a socially-distanced session outdoors, for instance walking in a local park or sitting at opposite ends of a 2-metre park bench, then please do contact me. Obviously we’d have to be prepared to rearrange at short notice depending on the weather!

Counselling and psychotherapy

Welcome! Whether you’re looking for counselling and psychotherapy online or in Stratford (east London), if you want to make changes in your life and you just need some help to talk things through and find a way forward, then this is a good place to start!

And yes, you might think it’s a bit weird to have a photo of me on a unicycle rather than a nice picture of my counselling room. In fact it might look as if I’m just showing off, which isn’t what you want in someone who is supposed to focus on your needs rather than theirs!

On Unicycle

But I hope you can also see this as making the point that actually each of us (including me) is unique and different, in physical characteristics, skills and abilities, habits and interests, and in many other ways. And usually when people come for counselling, it’s because in some way they haven’t yet found their own uniqueness, or they don’t feel able to express it and instead they are trying to be somebody else.

So I’m interested in finding out what makes you unique, and how you really want to express that in your life. And I live and work here in Newham, which is probably the most unique and diverse borough in the UK, and I welcome people from all kinds of diversity, including diversities of ethnicity, sexuality, gender, education, religion, and many others. I won’t assume that your diversity is anything to do with what you want to talk through with me, but if it is then I’ll be very happy to listen and to respect your experience without imposing any assumptions of my own.

People have often found it helpful to talk through with me the kinds of problems that most counsellors work with, such as improving confidence and self-esteem, coping with anxiety or stress, dealing with mild to moderate depression, making sensible decisions, improving social skills, getting rid of an unwanted habit, confidence in public speaking, or unblocking creativity.

I have also worked with people on some more specialised issues, such as bereavement, gender and sexuality issues, traumatic past experiences, or overcoming a phobia. If you are not sure whether your issues are something that I could help with, feel free to contact me, and if I’m not able to help then I’ll discuss with you how to find help elsewhere.

So please browse the other pages of this site for more information about me, and about my approach to counselling and psychotherapy, whether face-to-face (in-person) counselling in Stratford or online counselling. And do feel free to contact me for an informal chat about how we might talk through things together. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mike Shallcross

P.S. I should mention that I’m available mainly during the daytime (including early mornings) on weekdays; unfortunately I don’t have much evening availability and I don’t work at weekends. I’m sorry if this means that I can’t help you, and you’re still welcome to phone me if you’d like to discuss how to find another suitable counsellor.

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